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Sajad Jiyad is a visiting fellow with the Middle East and North Africa programme at the European Council on Foreign Relations.

Jiyad is an Iraqi political analyst based in Baghdad. He is the former Managing Director of the Al-Bayan Center, an Iraqi policy institute. Sajad's main focus is on public policy and governance in Iraq and he also works on capacity building of public institutions and civil society organisations through conferences, workshops and training programs. Frequently published and cited in media as an expert commentator, Sajad is also partnered with a number of international organisations and think tanks to provide ground-level research on Iraq and solutions for development-related issues. Sajad’s educational background is in Economics and Politics, and Islamic Studies.


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  • EU-Cuba: Time for a change of mindset?

    Susi Dennison - 12 June, 2010

    The EU's position on Cuba will be discussed at the upcoming Foreign Affairs Council, and the debate is likely to be heated. But beyond the arguments the EU can learn lessons from its relations with Cuba: strong-arm tactics don't work, realism is important, and the EU's approach…

    A glass half full

    José Ignacio Torreblanca - 11 June, 2010

    The Western Balkans are taking steps towards reconciliation, but there is still a long way to go. At the current rate of progress the chances of these countries joining the EU by 2020, as some hope, are slim. Is the glass half full, half empty - or simply too big for Balkan…

    A good day for good cop diplomacy

    Richard Gowan - 10 June, 2010

    The UN Security Council has approved new sanctions on Iran. Europe's good cop diplomacy contributed to this success, and will play an important role in holding the new agreement together.

    Foreign policy needs a rethink above and beyond Europe

    José Ignacio Torreblanca - 9 June, 2010

    At the end of June Spain reaches the end of its rotating presidency of the EU. Spain's economic woes and the implementation of the Lisbon Treaty have made it a difficult presidency to handle. But there's more at stake: the decreasing influence of the EU on the international…

    Russia is shifting

    José Ignacio Torreblanca - 1 June, 2010

    The EU-Russia summit in Rostov is an opportunity for the new EU to show it can act effectively on the international stage. But only if it first tries to understand what Russia's motives are and where it can help.

    The International Criminal Court: A Time for Consolidation

    Anthony Dworkin - 28 May, 2010

    Eight years ago countries across the world backed the launching of a permanent International Criminal Court to bring those who commit mass atrocities to justice. The ICC is up for review, starting on 1 June in Uganda. The biggest question on the table is: should the ICC have…

    The Rostov summit

    Andrew Wilson - 28 May, 2010

    Russian and EU leaders will gather in Rostov-on-Don for their bi-annual summit on 31 May ? 1 June. The geographical symbolism is not good: Rostov is only a few kilometres from Abkhazia and South Ossetia. The political mood leading up to the summit seems a little better.

    The crisis we missed

    Richard Gowan - 27 May, 2010

    29 May is the 5th anniversary of the French ?non? to the EU constitution. The Dutch followed with a ?nee? a few days later. Richard Gowan paints a bleak picture of the Europe that might have emerged had the French and Dutch backed the EU constitution in 2005, and asks: Will the…

    Western Balkans: The way out of the EU?s waiting room

    Daniel Korski - 26 May, 2010

    Pre-occupied with its financial troubles, the EU is no longer paying attention to the Western Balkans. As a result it is losing credibility and influence in a region that may slide back towards instability.

    Why Cathy needs a good crisis

    Richard Gowan - 26 May, 2010

    Catherine Ashton will be judged on how she responds to her first international emergency. Budget cuts might mean there will be less EU missions to crisis zones under her watch. So where will her first opportunity come from? Africa, the Middle East, or a crisis involving Russia?

    Hardware & software

    José Ignacio Torreblanca - 25 May, 2010

    Spain seriously needs to review its priorities in public expenditure, and its attitudes toward education. Otherwise it will go on being that country which a former German foreign minister called "a beautiful country, full of four lane divided highways with no cars on them."